HHS made available more than $100 million to fund up to 75 community-transformation grants that would back projects aimed at reducing chronic diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease.
HHS offers $100 million in health grants
Grants will focus on five areas: tobacco-free living; active living and healthy eating; quality clinical and other preventive services; social and emotional wellness; and healthy and safe physical environments, according to an HHS news release. The grant applications must rely on evidence-based strategies and ensure that their activities not only have broad population impact, but also help address health disparities.
At least 20% of grant funds will go to rural and frontier areas. Applications are due to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in July, with awards expected to be announced near the end of summer, according to HHS. Grants are expected to run for five years.
Some studies and experts have questioned whether preventive medicine reduces healthcare costs as is generally believed.
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